Anna Fish Receives Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Scholarship

CHARLOTTE, NC — Gardner-Webb, women’s soccer star anna fish received the annual Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Scholarship, the league office announced today.

Bob McCloskey Insurance, a Big South business partner, will award Fish $2,000 for his higher education on Wednesday evening, June 1, as part of the conference’s annual Spring Awards Dinner Banquet at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head. , SC

The Big South Conference Graduate Scholarship Program was established by the league in the fall of 2005 to recognize academic excellence by Big South Conference student-athletes who intend to pursue higher education. postgraduate after graduating from a Big South Conference institution.

Fish started all 18 games last season and played 1,506 minutes on the field for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. His only point of the season was an assist in GWU’s 5-0 victory over South Carolina State on September 26. Fish has started all 48 games she has played at Gardner-Webb since joining the team in 2019 and has recorded 4,183 minutes of career action. She helped the Runnin’ Bulldogs reach the Big South Women’s Soccer Championship game in 2019, in addition to recording an assist in the 2021 spring season against Charleston Southern. Fish will pursue her master’s degree in physiology at North Carolina State University in the fall.

While in college, Fish earned Dean’s List honors every year, in addition to the Transfer Provost Scholarship. She earned a 3.58 GPA in biology with a concentration in biomedical sciences and was a member of the Tri Beta National Biological Honor Society. Fish served as Chair of the Gardner-Webb Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 2020-22 and was a member of SAAC each season as an undergraduate. Additionally, she has served as Senior Class SGA Vice President, FCA Vice President, and Gardner-Webb Award recipient. Pam Scruggs Leadership and Service Award. Fish has also spent time volunteering with local organizations such as Feeding Kids Cleveland County, Shelby Baptist Missions Camp, Miracle Hill Ministries, and Paladin Power & Speed, as well as working regularly with children with developmental disabilities.

Fish joins Hombre Kennedy of the Charleston Southern football team as one of two Big South student-athletes to win this year’s graduate scholarship. Other finalists included High Point female golfer Sarah Kahn, USC Upstate volleyball player Mackenzie Marcum, Winthrop female lacrosse player Molly Dankowski, Gardner-Webb male track and field athlete Chase Thornhill and Winthrop baseball player Jonathan Strauss.

“Bob McCloskey Insurance is once again honored to be able to continue our tradition as a proud corporate partner of the Deep South by awarding these scholarships to these excellent student-athletes who are clearly outstanding ambassadors for the Deep South,” said Rob McCloskey. . “We wish them both much success in the future.”

Nominations for the graduate scholarship are made by the faculty athletics representative or director of studies at a member institution in the Deep South, and are limited to one male and one female from each school. To be eligible for the Big South Conference Graduate Scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3,500 or higher based on a maximum of 4,000, or the equivalent in other recognized grading systems;
  • Have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at a Big South Conference member institution;
  • Must either be a senior graduating in the academic year of the award or be enrolled in a graduate program at a Big South Conference institution while completing the final year of eligibility;
  • Intend to continue their education beyond the bachelor’s degree and enroll in a graduate program at an accredited non-profit educational institution or a post-baccalaureate professional degree program at a school of law, medical school or equivalent, without restriction as to the national location of the institution;
  • Have demonstrated superior character and superior leadership;
  • Have demonstrated that participation in athletics and community service has had a positive influence on the candidate’s personal and intellectual development. Relative success in athletics is important but not of paramount importance;
  • Enroll in a graduate program the term following the award of the scholarship or present justification for deferred enrollment.

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